Bristol Business Blog: A cleaner, greener and more business friendly alternative to Bristol’s diesel ban

February 27, 2020
Bristol Business Blog: A cleaner, greener and more business friendly alternative to Bristol’s diesel ban

By James Durie, chief executive of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West Bristol has a serious pollution problem – many of our city centre streets are breaking legal air pollution limits, with knock-on effects for the health of our families, workers and visitors.  Central government is at last,...

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TLT in but Osborne Clarke out as SSE re-energises its legal panel

February 27, 2020
TLT in but Osborne Clarke out as SSE re-energises its legal panel

Expertise on developments in the clean energy sector have earned Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT a place on utility SSE’s new legal panel. TLT joins four other new firms on the nine-strong panel, which formerly begins its mandate next month. The panel is made up of firms ranging from...

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Thatchers brings in McCann Bristol as it looks for national growth for its brands

February 27, 2020
Thatchers brings in McCann Bristol as it looks for national growth for its brands

Communications agency McCann Bristol has been appointed by Somerset cidermaker Thatchers to further build its brand as it aims to reach new customers across the UK. The agency will take an integrated approach across a range of communications activities, creating a new master brand campaign alongside tactical campaigns for...

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Bristol investment group funds first geothermal power plant as interest in natural energy heats up

February 27, 2020
Bristol investment group funds first geothermal power plant as interest in natural energy heats up

Bristol-based specialist energy investment company Thrive Renewables is to invest up to £6.5m in the UK’s first geothermal electricity power plant. The plant in Cornwall aims to supply around 3MW of electricity to the National Grid and up to 12MW of renewable heat for local use. Thrive’s funding will enable...

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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

February 25, 2020
Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

Confidence among the South West’s small and medium-sized manufacturers has bounced back following the breaking of the Brexit impasse, according to a new survey. While the sector ended 2019 by enduring its toughest quarter in a decade – with the worst reduction in sales, profits and staff numbers since...

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Trio of new recruits for expanding Bristol asset management consultancy

February 25, 2020
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Bristol-headquartered asset management consultancy Imagile Professional Services Limited (IPSL) has taken on three new staff members as it continues to grow. The firm, which provides a range of professional services to the construction sector including project management, cost consulting and safety, health and environment (SHE), has recruited Ben Forward...

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Projects put Bristol at leading edge of XR as real and virtual realities blur

February 24, 2020
Projects put Bristol at leading edge of XR as real and virtual realities blur

Three Bristol-based projects have been recognised as among the world’s leading extended reality (XR) installations. Last year respected American business publication Forbes Magazine looked at the growth of XR, which combines real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions.  It identified 35 of the world’s best projects that are using XR...

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Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

February 24, 2020
Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

Bristol-based tech firm Zeetta Networks is to lead a consortium working on a £9m project to revolutionise UK manufacturing by harnessing the power of 5G. The 11-strong consortium, which also includes the University of Bristol, its National Composites Centre (NCC) and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), is...

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University of Bristol ends investment in fossil fuel firms and urges others to follow suit

February 24, 2020
University of Bristol ends investment in fossil fuel firms and urges others to follow suit

The University of Bristol has stopped investing in all fossil fuel companies and joined calls for all UK other universities to do the same. The move follows a pledge made two years ago by the university to change its investment policies. Last year it also became the first in...

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